Communicating and engaging with the community, victims and other stakeholders is an important part of the role of the PCC and allows him to make evidence-based decisions which are centered on the views of the public.
Creating opportunities for the public and other stakeholders to be involved in setting the police and crime priorities in their area provides me with an input from a diversity of voices and empowers those involved. Allowing for a diversity of voices to contribute to the decision making process can strengthen policy and highlight any emerging issues or priorities in the communities of Thames Valley.
It is crucial that stakeholders, including communities, have a say in the decisions affecting them and I am committed to following the below principles in all engagement:
- Make clear the purpose of any engagement activity and use the right methods to engage local peoples and stakeholders.
- Be clear about what can be influenced
- Use honest, accurate and unbiased information
- Listen and respond to individuals, communities and other stakeholders, enabling and empowering them to play an effective role of setting priorities and influencing decisions.
- Undertake fair and impartial engagement, aiming to seek the views of all communities, to ensure that they can inform issues that may affect them and make a difference.
- Work with partners to reduce bureaucracy by having more joined up thinking, working and delivery.
The aim of our Community Engagement Strategy is to strengthen community and stakeholder involvement and improve the quality and consistency of the Office of the PCC (OPCC) engagement to allow opportunities for public and stakeholders to inform the PCC’s priorities and activities.
In particular the objectives of the Engagement Strategy are:
- To seek the views of local people, including hard-to-reach groups, voluntary groups and partner agencies to inform the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan Objectives and to help him to hold the Chief Constable to account.
- To inform the PCCs funding decisions and other activity undertaken by staff of the OPCC under its Strategic Delivery Plan.
- To improve partnership working and coordination with partner agencies, including Thames Valley Police, to reduce duplication and improve consistency of services across Thames Valley.
- To obtain the views of victims and witnesses of crime in order to improve the quality of support services and victims’ experiences of the criminal justice system.
- To communicate with the public on how the PCC is effectively discharging his duties, including holding the Chief Constable to account for policing in the Thames Valley.